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May ’16 Top 5

I need help!!! I’m in LAZY mode right now, so so lazy. So lazy that it’s taking me forever to write this blog post. I’ve lost my craft mojo and I can’t find it. Ok ok, I’m over exaggerating but I have been feeling motivationally challenged lately and it doesn’t help that my craft room is a complete mess and I can’t see the dream craft room I had once envisioned in my head anymore (drama queen).

Enough about what my husband would call my every day, I’m pretty stoked (new word I decided to try out, doesn’t feel natural to me though) about this month’s Top 5, it has stamps galore!

May '16 Top 5

1. Altenew Majestic Bloom Stamp Set

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This just makes me want to make a card… so bad. By now you should know I love layered stamps and I haven’t bought this type of stamp in a while but I just couldn’t pass this one up! As soon as I saw it I put it in my shopping card and I’ve had no regrets. I cannot wait to put this stamp set to good use!

2. Concord & 9th Sophisticated Script Stamp Set

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Here’s another stamp set I just had to get as soon as I saw it. I love this font and I think these letters fit perfectly together leaving you with letters/words that look like they were really handwritten in.

3. Kelly Purkey Tiny Victories Mini Kit (Designed by Brandi Kincaid)

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I cannot get enough of this kit! Right now I’m just loving Brandi’s drawings, I follow her on Instagram and think Harriet and Paloma are so cute and clever (if you don’t know what I’m talking about, you really need to check Brandi’s Instagram feed). In this kit, you get alphabet stickers, two flair buttons, 12 4×4 inserts (back and front), and a full stamp set, which to me, is exactly what I want in a kit.

4. A Beautiful Mess A Color Story App

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I was so happy once this app was available for android because you guys know I’m only using my Samsung Edge to take pictures this year. The app is free and you get a couple of filters for free but I went ahead and purchased all the filter packages since I’m obsessed with editing. My favorite feature of this app is the color fog effect, I like to fog the crap out of my pictures! I didn’t fog this pic but here is a picture of my girls that was edited using the app.

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5. Christine Herrin KPxCH Brush Bundle

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If you follow me on Instagram you probably saw how excited I was to discover digital stamps. Why did it take me so long? I don’t know, I guess because I’m lazy. I had a little extra cash burning a hole in my pocket and figured “why not give this a shot?”. This bundle is awesome and I highly recommend buying it if you’re into digital stamping. I plan on starting to incorporate more digitals in my Project Life layouts. Check out my before and after of one of my Vegas pics (most editing done with Light Room).

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There you have it folks, my Top 5 for May. I may not be doing a lot of crafting but I’m still shopping, which is not always a good thing. I’m not going to lie, a couple of these things were bought online while I was in bed. So bad, right?

Card Making

Just Saying Hello

Hello, welcome back! I have a new card to share with you today! I had a friend ask me for a card, she wanted to give it to a close friend of hers and so I finally broke out the Vintage Roses stamp set from Altenew.

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First let me say…. the MISTI and Vintage Roses are a match made in heaven! It would have taken me forever to stamp the roses and leaves had it not been for the MISTI. I also used it to stamp a sentiment from Altenew’s Super Scripts stamp set.

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I used all Papertrey Ink ink pads and paper. The sentiment was stamped with Memento Tuxedo Black and heat embossed with Judikins Iridescent Sparkle Embossing Powder.

You can see below the inks in the order I used them to stamp the roses and leaves.

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I decided to submit this card into the Simon Says Use Your Favorite Technique and/or Product challenge. Heat embossing is my favorite technique, especially when it’s clear or iridescent, I just love the effect it has. Also, I love any stamp set that has layers to it. I’m blown away by these types of stamps because the images are so awesome and look hand painted compared to a one layer stamp.
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I hope you guys enjoyed, see you next time!

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Cartwright Moonshine 6mm Slightly Cupped Sequins

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March ’15 Top 5

Well, March has come and gone. In the beginning of March, I was still wearing my winter coat, now it’s 92 degrees outside and I’m in shorts, that’s west Texas for you. This top 5 was hard for me because I bought sooooo many stamps and dies this month! But I narrowed it down and here it is:

Top 5

1. Paper Smooches Sassy Letters Die Set

March Fave 1

This is THE die set to have especially if you can’t decide what sentiment(s) to purchase. I love this font, it’s so funky and (obviously) sassy.  Each letter is unique and no matter what sentiment you make, it’ll give your card a fun feel. As you can see, I’ve kept the letters attached and I plan on keeping it that way because I think the negative part of your paper would make an awesome background. You can see the card I made with this die set, A Sassy Thanks, here (I forgot to mention, this card was chosen as a Featured Player for the Paper Smooches March Picture Perfect Challenge).

2. Mama Elephant Sew Fancy Die Set

March Fave 2

Here is another die set that I think is a must have. I have to say the border dies are my favorite. I love the stitched look on the two border dies, you can see how I used one on the We Really Really Miss You card I made recently. Also, the stitched die (in gray) is also a fun look to add on any card.

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Here you can see how the circle dies pierce your cut and the negative space of your paper. There’s so many things you can do with this, and you get different size circles!

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3. Mama Elephant Dainty Bow Die Set

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So I’ve been wanting a bow die for a while now and I decided to get the Mama Elephant version of it. This is a great die set for that little feminine touch. I love how you can make two different styles with this die and how the bow pops up and isn’t flat (works better with thinner paper). It’s super easy to make and would work great for a lot more projects than just cards.

4. Lawn Fawn Premium Dye Ink Pads

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Lawn Fawn recently came out with their own line of ink pads. I don’t have that much experience with ink because the majority of my ink is from Papertrey Ink, but I knew I needed to start experimenting. I wanted to try Lawn Fawn because I just love all their products and also because the line is new and they only have 10 colors out right now. I knew if I loved the ink I was going to want the whole set, and sure enough, Lawn Fawn did not disappoint! I only have Fake Tan and Cranberry so far. You can see in the picture above how vibrant the ink is. I’m really looking forward to getting the rest!

5. Altenew Vintage Roses Stamp Set

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I FINALLY got Vintage Roses!!! I have been wanting this for so long. At first I was a little intimidated by this set. It seemed complicated and hard, like it would take forever to piece the stamps but I was wrong! Once I finally decided to purchase this, I had to wait for it to be in stock because this stamp set is so popular and it was always sold out. I didn’t realize how many roses and leaves you can make with this until it arrived, it’s the biggest stamp set I have. You can see an example of the beautiful roses and leafs it makes on the picture above, they have great detail.

I am definitely looking forward to buying new stuff during April and can’t wait to see all the new products that will be coming out. I hope you guys had a great March and have an even better April!

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Card Making

Altenew Card Set

Hey guys, welcome back! I’m so excited to show you my first card “set” I made. This set was made for my friend I mentioned on my last post.

I am so glad I purchased the Altenew Super Script stamp sets because they have so many sentiments for so many occasions!

Because the baby shower cards were tone on tone, I wanted to do the same to this set.

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I don’t know why it took me so long to make a set, it wasn’t as hard as I thought it was going to be. I just wish my handwriting looked like this though…

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I hope whoever wins this set loves it!

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